Another year, another Far Cry review. Not just any Far Cry though, this is Far Cry Primal. This is supposed to be the game that takes this franchise into a different setting and breathe new life into it, meaning that even Ubisoft thought this game was getting a little stale. Did this game get refreshed or was it just another Far Cry game set in a different time period? Keep reading to find out.
Taking place in 10,000 BC you’ll play as Takkar. Takkar thinks that he’s the last of his people, the Wenja. Turns out that while he’s not the last of them, his numbers are dwindling in Oros. Two other tribes, the Udam and the Ull, are basically making the Wenja extinct. So it’s up to Takkar to take over Oros and make the Wenja the main tribe on the land. He’ll do this by defeating the other tribe leaders, taking over camps and forts, and recruiting some major Wenja people that are scattered all over Oros.
BOO! Since the game is set in 10,000 BC, it’s easy to understand why these characters don’t speak English. What’s not easy to understand is why a made up language that sounds a lot like Simlish. I also don’t mind reading subtitles, but seriously could they have gotten any smaller? I had to sit two feet from my TV in order to see them. Very unoriginal and very frustrating.
I came into this game with a fresh mind. Ubisoft wanted a new take on Far Cry and I figured what they hell, maybe it was. Unfortunately I was wrong. Since I haven’t played all of the Far Cry’s, I can say that this game followed the same formula to a T of Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. There was nothing original about this game other than it was set in a different time period. The plot was basically the same, the missions were the same, and the wildlife was basically the same except for a few exotic creatures from the time period. But I mean seriously, it was just elephants with fur. Nothing spectacular about that.
Huh? I mentioned this before in one of my weekly trophy blogs, but seriously is it just me or are all the women in these Far Cry games bat shit crazy? The leader of the Ull, the Wenja woman obsessed with collecting the Udam ears. I mean seriously, has there ever been a decent female character in any of these games?
If you’ve played Far Cry before then you’ll know how to play this game because the playability is basically the same. Instead of guns you’ll be using bows and arrows, spears, and of course a club. Can’t be a cave man game without a club. All the mechanics are the same so it shouldn’t be a problem. One good thing that I can say about this game is that it was well developed and I didn’t have any problems with bugs or glitches or anything like that. The game ran smoothly and operated flawlessly.
I would say that I was impressed with the graphics for this game, but having played Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, the graphics are basically the same. All of them are set in a jungle setting and so was this game. Ubisoft really needs to take a chance with this franchise and not use the same setting in order to show off what can be done on new systems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used some textures and landscaping from Far Cry 4 and just put it into this game. The animals were ok, but like I said we’ve seen this before so it was nothing spectacular.
There are a total of 51 trophies for this game. All of them are extremely easy to get and require you to really just play the game. You’ll get them naturally as long as you do every single mission the game has to offer as well as every single side mission. You’ll have to do a lot of exploring as well, but that’s really the point of the game. I was able to knock this trophy list out in a week and 5 days and I wasn’t really even trying.
Gone is the weird multiplayer from Far Cry 4, which is a good thing, but also gone is the Co-op. While I’m glad that multiplayer is gone, it was just terrible and forced into a game that didn’t need it. I did miss the Co-op just a little. Not the Far Cry 4 co-op, but the Far Cry 3 kind of Co-op. I think it would have been nice to add a few missions, separate from the game, in there that had to be played in Co-op mode to liven things up a bit.
Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.
+ New time period setting that is rarely done in video games.
+ Gone is the Far Cry 4 multiplayer which was an absolute mess.
+ No bugs, glitches, or errors to dampen your playing experience.
What’s Not So Great:
– New setting, same Far Cry story. Nothing new here.
– Graphics that were borrowed from the other games within nothing really original.
– No new and original characters, most of them were copies from other games with their similar personalities.
If you’re a Far Cry fan, then you’ll probably want to play this game as anyone else who has been playing game after game in a franchise will. The only thing is that you shouldn’t expect something new and fascinating because it’s not here. What was supposed to be a game that rejuvenates a series that was getting stale, like Assassin’s Creed, this game fails miserably as it’s the same game set in 10,000 BC. While it’s not a horrible game, it’s not something that’s worth your $60.